Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Possum Town Quilter's July 2018 Business meeting

July 14, 2018 PTQ minutes (minutes by Marilyn - Thank you!)
Meeting was opened at 9:38 by Naomi calling it to order.  She asked us to silence our phone and gave us the password for the building wifi.
Keri has a guest – Megan – who is interning in Tupelo as a healthcare administrator.
A motion was made by Keri and seconded by Glenna to accept the last month’s minutes as posted to the blog.  All approved
There was discussion of our blogspot and having an email for PTQ not connected to a person’s name.  There was discussion of how to find our blog, i.e., using google, etc.
Speaking of Google searches, Pat Hickey suggested looking up Teasdale Quilters to see pictures from prior quilt shows.
Treasurer’s report was given.  A motion was made by Karen C and seconded by Watana C to accept the report as given.  The question was asked how much we could have in the bank and not affect our banking or the IRS – we were assured that PTQ is no where near needing to worry about it any time soon 😉.
Taco Salad lunch $3.00 – Ina, Michelle, Gwen, and Marilyn brought the taco salad items and cake.  Next month will be a Tailgate party, so the theme is finger-food. BUT everyone is invited to bring anything for potluck.

The fat quarter swap was patriotic this month.  Since there have been few participants Naomi announced that we would discontinue the fat quarter swap.
  • We are participating in the Pigeon Forge Mountainfest Challenge.  The theme is Christmas and the size must be 160” or less – or 40 x 40 and it must have a hanging sleeve.  The quilt must be turned in at the February meeting to Judy S. February 9, 2019. (AQS hanging sleeve instructions)
  • Christmas party – please bring a homemade item for the right left game; your goals list; a secret santa exchange has not been decided yet.
  • Children’s quilt project – Karen A said the project is on hold as the director of the arts council has resigned.
  • Rent quilt challenge – Keri brought more blocks to sell.  It will take 42 to complete the quilt. Several people brought a finished block.  There will be a drawing for a prize in the September meeting for those who have completed their block(s).
  • Mississippi quilt – This quilt will be raffled differently this year.  As soon as the quilt is finished and pictures can be taken the tickets will go on sale just for the quilt.  Karen will check to see if a link can be posted so we can purchase tickets on line.
  • The November meeting will be a “yard sale” instead of a sit and sew after lunch.  You may sell items or swap with other members. Each person will keep the proceeds from their own items. Remember to bring cash/change to facilitate easy buying and selling.
  • Naomi and Karen are planning a trunk show with old quilts for the 4th Saturday in August along with the regular sit and sew.   They will show a group of old quilts that belong to Lane Russell (the body shop guy at the Ford Dealership. He found quilts in this father's attic that they believe were made by Lane Russell's grandmothers.)  Karen will demonstrate to repair one of the old quilts that has a hole in it.  They are possible '30/'40 quilts, all needing repair.
  • Quiltcom is going to be in Nashville next year, February 21-24, 2019.  It is presented by The Modern Quilt Guild. Modern quilting was popularized by the “younger” generation and they use the phrase “negative space.” Have a look at the guild's website - https://themodernquiltguild.com/
  • Email address – there was discussion of a PTQ email that can pass to the new officers each year. It seems there is one already but that will need to be determined.
  • SEW DELIGHTFUL in Tuscaloosa is closing on July 20.  There is a 2 yard minimum of purchase of fabric. Since several wanted to go to the sale, Naomi is coordinating a road trip on Wednesday, leaving at noon from the Maple Street quilters location.
  • Karen A showed a Mud and Magnolias magazine article about the Barn Quilt Trail.  A bit of misinformation was in it but it was a nice article.
  • Karen A brought house plants to share.
  • There was discussion of collecting row by row patterns to share for this year.
  • Rita will be speaking at the Jackson area quilt guild on July 23 at 9 am.  The county roads producer will be there and she hope to get information on that show.  She is still teaching classes but there are other volunteers now who paint and anyone can request to have one designed and painted for them.

Tana showed the Mississippi quilt that she finished quilting this week. Now it's ready for the binding to be attached and stitched down

Judy showed the “name that tune” quilt from a few years ago. We enjoyed guessing the songs.
There was discussion of another conversation quilt – Tana suggest fairy tales.
Half Square Challenge blocks turned in for the PTQ guild challenge Rent quilt 2020.
Good job, ladies!!

Ebba showed her Stack a Posy quilt made at Watana's Wannabee's. Quilted on the longarm by C.C.
the back of Ebba's Stack-a- Posy to show the quilting by C.C.

Michelle M showed two throws.

and the back side of one of Michelle's throws

Carol showed srappy stars

Sue's Chunky Churn dash from a Bonnie Hunter class

Sue's bed runner in Carolina Chain pattern

Kathy H showed her appliqued leaves in shadow boxes from the casting shadows book

Karen C a lavender quilt

Glenna P a day bed top in Prussian Blue which is a Fons and Porter pattern

Gwen Sisson showed 5 baby quilts/blankets and 19 premie hats,

Gwen's black and white signature quilt from several years ago.

Karen A.'s “I Spy” quilt she made for her newest grandson

Karen A. - another quilt for her exhibit in Meridian
Karen announced her show in Meridian with a reception on October 9.  She will be showing 15-18 art quilts. In January she will have a show here in Columbus.
Judy S showed her 11th quilt “finished” this year called “Love is All Around” which was quilted by CC.  
Judy Stoke's  “Snowflake Medallion” which is a Claudine Hanson pattern

CC's very large “Labrynth” which she recently quilted to give to her daughter.

Naomi showed the napkins she made in Tana’s Wannabee class

Marilyn H showed the 5 premie hats and a pieced baby quilt using the one-seam quilt block from Tana’s class.

Marilyn brought in vintage hankies with tatted lace edgings!

the tatted edging are very fine and delicate looking, probably made with #80 thread!!

One last order of business needed to be addressed. Members were reminded the officers slate for the next year:
Barb Deacon - President
Terri Hartman - Vice President
Kim Clark - Secretary
Karen C. - Treasure

C.C. made a motion and Karen seconded it that we accept the slate of officers as presented by the committee.  All approved. Congrats, ladies! and THANK YOU!!

Meeting was adjourned and Marilyn said grace for the meal.

Some of the ladies stayed for Sit and Sew after lunch.
There was also work going on in other spots but I don't have pictures of all that.
Happy Quilting to you all until next time!!! Have a happy July!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Happy Hot June!

I am so sorry that I ran late today. I am not used to keeping a toddler! (Whew, am I tired). Naomi called the meeting to order. A special welcome to Sue Seymer, a previous charter member! I had the pleasure of meeting her at the June Gathering and was delighted to know we had some connections.

The minutes were approved as posted to the blog. The treasurer's report was read and approved.

Naomi briefly explained about our goals list. (I have got my room ready!!!!!). We had no new participants to join.

This weeks lunch was sandwiches, with lunch meats provided by the guild. Thanks to Wantana, Pat, Carla, Judy and Kim for volunteering to bring the extras. It was all delicious and enjoyed by all. Next months menu consists of Taco Salad as the main course. Michelle will provided the hamburger meat, Sue S.  - corn chips, Julia - cheese, Ina - tomatoes, shredded lettuce and onions, and Michelle - salsa and sour cream. Make sure you stay and eat with us, this is a great time to fellowship and let us get to know you. The cost is only $3.00. This pays for our main course.

The Fat Quarter swap colors for June were black and white. For the month of July, I bet you can guess, Patriotic, red, white and blue..........

There were no challenge quilt blocks available for purchase today. Hopefully, next month there will be some more for you to purchase.

Terri presented the slate of officers for next year, they are: Karen C. for treasurer, Kim C. for secretary, Terri will serve as vice-president and Barb will serve as President. Thanks to the nominating committee for working on this. It's very hard to get people to volunteer for these positions but in order to keep our guild strong, we need you! Please consider becoming an officer at some point.

Karen took our charity quilts to the hospital. She had a total of 36 caps, 20 memory blankets, 4 self-binding quilts and 1 pieced blanket. The nurses were very proud to get these blankets for their precious babies. Thanks to you all! If you would like to help deliver, I'm sure you can check with Karen and she will be happy for you to go with her.

Clara Whitley came in and brought a huge bag of quilting material to donate to the guild. Many thanks to her.

Julia asked about a charity quilt donation for a family from West Point that had lost their home in a fire. The motion was made and approved, so we will be donating a quilt to that family.

It was also mentioned that the housing authority had a fire and many elderly residents lost their possessions. We will work on a quilt for that at a later date.

Here is the link for the Magic 8 blocks we are doing:


We were invited to participate in the Mountain Quiltfest Guild Challenge. You must have a minimum of five entries. You must pick a holiday (we chose Christmas), and everyone that wishes may contribute a quilt. Here are some guidelines to remember when working on your quilt, no larger perimeter that 160 inches, that is a 40 X 40 maximum. There is no minimum size. It must have a four inch sleeve. You must fill out a quilt entry form and the quilts must be delivered by a certain date. Judy S. has all the information about that if you missed the meeting today. If we win, the guild will receive a prize of $100.00.  And our guild's name will be put on a plaque.

A thank you note will be sent to Bostick Construction for hanging our Barn Quilt. And we will send a thank you note to Clara for donating the bag of fabric. 

The Bicentennial Quilt was displayed and looks wonderful!

Wantana did a demo on One Seam Blocks. See the pictures below for her demo.

Wantana - example of a quilt using a "One Seam Block"
This concluded the demo. Thanks for sharing this with us, Wantana!


Wantana - International Miniature Quilt Exchange - this piece is from India and was made with silks. It was also hand-quilted. 
Wantana - Baby Quilt

Wanabe's of Vernon - Member did the blocks and it was for the American Diabetes Association. Quilted by Wantana. 

Our Barn Quilt was featured the Commercial Dispatch! 

This is one of the classes that we took at the June Gathering, Winston Ways. 
Ebba, Judy, Kim, and Cheri. This class was taught by Bonnie Hunter and she was fabulous! Great fun!!!!!!!!

CC and her Chunky Churn Dash Quilt (another Bonnie Hunter class) - wow she out did us all!

CC's Wintson Ways block

Chunky Churn Dash with Bonnie Hunter, Michelle, Judy and Ina

Judy S.  - English Paper Piecing (Bowtie) a National Quilt Museum BOM

Judy S. Dying fabric and Improvisational Quilting (WOW) cream color is her dyed fabric, it was originally chocolate (I think)

Judy S. leaders and enders - last years Bonnie Hunter;s patter
"Checker Board Rails"

Back of quilt, nothing wasted with Bonnie Hunter 
Judy S. 

Ebba - "Circles"

Cheri and Kim - another class at June Gathering - Dresden Plate taught by Marily Rose - easy to do

Annette - Bonnie Hunter - "Smith Mountain Morning"

Annette quilted this a section at a time

Brenda E. kit from Craftsy

Brenda E. kit from Craftsy - strip quilt with flange in binding

Brenda E. "Milky Way" kit from Craftsy

Glenna - quilt for grandbaby - "Sunny Day"

Glenna - working on triangles

Karen C. - pieced by 9 year old grandaughter
quilted by Karen

Baby Quilts by Brenda C.

Another baby quilt by Brenda C.

Baby Quilt by Brenda C. 

Baby Quit by Brenda C. 

Sue - Self-binding baby quilt

Karen C. Envelope Technique - baby quilt

Meeting was adjourned! Great work ladies! You are all an inspiration to me. Maybe one day I'll be a quarter as good as you all!

Until next time, God bless you all!